DA to address oversupply of vegetables in Cordillera
The Department of Agriculture (DA) is set to address the oversupply of vegetables in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) region wherein farmers just end up dumping their rotting yield after failing to sell them.
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said Cordillera farmers who were forced to dump or throw away truckloads of vegetables because there were no buyers will have to be compensated by government.
“I made this decision tonight following confirmation by Cordillera agriculture officials that the reason behind the failure of the farmers to sell their produce was Tropical Depression Usman which caused floods in the Bicol Region,” Piñol said last night.
It was also reported that traders refused to buy the vegetables delivered by the farmers to the Benguet Vegetable Trading Center because the floods in Bicol prevented them from shipping the commodities to Bicol and the Visayas.
Tropical Depression Usman hit the Bicol Region on December 28 and caused the closure of the national highway because of the floods. Thus, preventing the transport of the vegetables.